You left me at my strategic vantage point of a beer canalside table supping a pint of GK IPA, whilst my fellow cyclist worked overtime to mend a brace of flat tyres.
The Willington to Alrewas/Barton towpath route adjacent to the Trent & Mersey Canal looked infinitely more feasible after a ‘livener’ at the Mill House and it was full steam ahead…
…For at least half a mile before the pedal flew off my bike!
It wasn’t a comedy bike like the sort of one Tommy Cooper or Laurel and Hardy would have ridden but it was degenerating into pure slapstick.
The bike guru Rod is a man not known to get stressed and we had about three attempts at replacing aforementioned pedal; managing to negotiate at least another 100 yards before we accepted defeat.
However, all wasn’t lost, we checked on the phone for the ever reliable Cycling 2000 shop and sussed out it was within walking distance. So, this day of cycling, which was rapidly disintegrating, was still retrievable.
Luckily for us, our on foot walk took us past another boozer that wasn’t on our ‘to do’ list but the sight of a mobility scooter outside meant we had to go in.
Actually, there were a couple on the bench working their way through around 12 cans of lager ( I think it was Tennents Super) who looked like they might be stopping there for some while and one of them acted as an unofficial tourist guide and was great value.
A pair of pub characters by the canal if you like and they had already been clocked by Rod on his earlier venture to Burton’s favourite bike shop (I might be asking them for sponsorship soon!)
They would have been more than welcome in 365 – The Navigation DE14 2PT which is in the Horninglow Street area of Burton and looked very much like Wickingman territory.
Burton scarves, pool table,
two dart boards,
ABC playing “Look of Love” in the background and Bass
meant it was as pukka Burton as you could get.
A friendly landlady and a sheet recording some kind of score tally behind the bar, which resulted in a prize for regulars is always a good sign too.
There are plenty of chimney pots in this area and backing onto a canal mooring area means that there can be no excuses from canal guru Pete Allen on this occasion regarding non-attendance!
A wet led canal pub with a good amount of punters in for a Wednesday afternoon and there was a mix with a bloke engrossed in his book sitting near the dartboard
whilst some more lively lads were on the pool table and I reckon this place won’t trouble the GBG but it was proper pubbery of the highest order.
However, whilst I could have sat there for far longer,
Rod was beginning to talk about crankshafts and pedals so we set off for
Burton’s best bike shop Cycling 2000 our last hope of salvaging this expedition…